Yankee Bill and I were introduced to this lovely tradition of hot mulled wine when we lived in Germany back in the mid 1990′s. . . there is nothing like a mug full of warm Gluhwein on a cold December night while wandering about an outdoor Christmas festival . . . ahh. . .I miss it.
Although you can occasionally find Gluhwein sold premixed in bottles, it is simple and inexpensive to make. Try making a crockpot full for your next celebration.
1 Bottle Red Wine (drinkable, but cheap!)
1 C Sugar
1 Cinnamon Stick
1 Orange, Unpeeled & sliced
Combine all ingredients and warm thoroughly, either in a saucepan or crockpot. Enjoy!
For a real belly warmer, add 1 C Brandy
Looking for non alcholoic? Try cider, applejuice or cranberry juice instead. Start with 1/2 C sugar and adjust upward for taste